If you were already super jealous of Benedict Cumberbatch’s new wife, Sophie Hunter, you better prepare yourself. Not only does the English actress get to be the real-life Irene Adler to our favorite Sherlock Holmes, she also got to tie the knot in one of the most stunning wedding dresses we’ve ever seen.

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The Cumberbatch-Hunter union took place a little while back, but until now most of the details surrounding the ceremony have remained mum – until now. Valentino recently posted this stunning shot of Sophie trying on her flawless wedding gown, which will run as part of a larger spread in the next issue of Vogue.

The custom-made Valentino dress offers up a trendy high collar, long sleeves and plenty of that always-stunning Italian lace. While the dress is very modest and Sophie was (and still is) pregnant, it looks anything but frumpy. And don’t even get us started on the perfection of that icy gray color. Hunter tells Vogue that the dress was inspired by a William Morris Arts and Crafts textile print, William Blake watercolors and a Cecil Beaton portrait of Lady Lucinda Lambton as a bride in 1965.

If you’re totally swooning over this dress but aren’t working with a designer gown kind of budget, consider these four dresses that have most of the same characteristics of Hunter’s gown, without the extravagant price tag.


1. Amelie Gown ($1,640): Here you’ll get that high neckline and volume on bottom, but with a little bit less lace.


2. Beaded-Collar Jacquard Evening Gown ($1,385): Or ditch the lace altogether, and instead keep the alternative color and high collar in this metallic jacquard pick.


3. James Clifford Gown ($2,248): Channel Sophie and a little bit of Amal Alamuddin on your big day in this classic, ultra-elegant number.

Helena Maternity Gown by Tiffany Rose

4. Helena Gown ($595): If, like Sophie, you’ll be walking down the aisle with a little company, try this maternity wedding dress that comes complete with lacey long sleeves and a jeweled waist belt.

(Photo via Hello Giggles and @Valentino)

Which one of these wedding dresses is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.